Shocking video shows dangers of tailgating
I am sometimes told by insurance company attorneys and adjusters that unless my clients were in a high speed crash with major property damage to the vehicles, my clients could not have injured very seriously. I never allow them to continue arguing this when I am negotiating their cases to get them the compensation they deserve to receive for their damages.
This video from the dash board camera in the 18 wheeler shows you why.
The car was being driven by a young woman from Texas, Briana Disaia who was riding the tail of a pickup truck in Arizona.
As they both passed the tractor trailer, the pickup truck driver swerved to avoid hitting a mattress jutting out into traffic.
The car driver didn’t see the mattress until too late, jerked her wheel to the right, and spun her car out of control. It hit the 18 wheeler which sent her car flying into the side of a mountain at a high rate of speed.
Her car rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.
Somehow the Texan walked away without any injuries. Her seat belt saved her life.
Why do so many people drive so recklessly?
Tailgating is a serious issue on our highways. Texas law requires drivers to “maintain an assured clear distance” that allows the driver to “safely stop without colliding with the preceding vehicle or veering into another vehicle, object, or person on or near the highway.”
What is a “clear distance”? The three-second rule is a good starting point. This means that while driving about 55 mph in good weather, you would be able to safely brake if you are driving at a distance equal to three seconds behind the car in front of you.
During rain, on an icy road or in low visibility, you should leave greater distance. You should also leave more distance if travelling faster than 55 mph or driving a heavier vehicle. Inexperienced drivers who might have a slower reaction time should also extend the distance. If unsure of the best pace, leave more space.
To determine whether you are at an appropriate distance behind the car in front of you, pick a stationary object ahead, such as a street sign or overpass. Begin counting when the car in front passes the object. You should reach the count of three as you pass the object.
What to do if you have been injured in a car or truck wreck
You are smart to consult with a good personal injury lawyer. Berenson Injury Law has successfully represented Texans injured in motor vehicle crash cases since 1982. If you have any questions about your car or truck accident, please call us at 817-885-8000 or toll-free 888-801-8585 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We are here to help you.